Marvin Lewis has coached 13 seasons in the NFL and has won AP Coach of the Year once and the AFC North four times. Lewis has compiled a record of 112-92-2 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Saturday night in Cincinnati, Lewis had his team in position to win leading 16-15 with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Lewis then managed to lose control of his team, and give the Pittsburgh Steelers 30 yards in personal fouls for a game winning 35 yard field goal.
The Bengals lost in heart breaking fashion 18-16 and drop Marvin Lewis career playoff record to 0-7, which is the worst in NFL history for head coaches.
Former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason stated on twitter, “What a disgrace an embarrassment. #Bengals,” after this epic meltdown.
Lewis has kept his team fairly competitive throughout his tenure, but when it matters most in January, he continually can not coach his team to victory.
Marvin Lewis has now lost playoff games as the Bengals head coach in five straight seasons.
With the continual same results for his Bengals teams it is time for a change in Cincinnati.
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther are two potential internal candidates that could be promoted.
Lewis stated after the game “We destructed on ourselves. Both offense and defense together…”
The excuses can continually be made to defend Lewis, but the roster has been loaded with talent and injuries are a part of the game with losing quarterback Andy Dalton.
Marvin Lewis had a tremendous run with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he simply can not get the job done in the playoffs, which is why it is time for a change at head coach.